August 13th, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

media consumed: non-horror edition

The Outskirter's Secret by Rosemary Kirstein, the second book in the Steerswoman series. Holy crap, I have never read a series that improved so radically from one book to the next (possibly because I never tried again after the first book, but, you know). I loved absolutely everything about the Outskirts, I love all the details of Rowan and Bel's lives over the course of the book, and the big plotty/worldbuildy things continue to intrigue.

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). A bunch of strangers congregate at a down-at-heels hotel on the California/Nevada border. LOL what the fuck was this? What was this movie even trying to do? After some deliberation, it feels to me like writer, director, and producer Drew Goddard (Buffy alum!) was trying to be Tarantino, but with less blood, in the sense of putting some characters together, taking a left turn halfway through, and ending up in this kind of nihilistic swamp of a climax. IDK man.

I enjoyed the Jeff Bridges character, and Cynthia Erivo was great as the would-be soul singer. I really liked their relationship. Jon Hamm was a kick in the pants, and I was sorry there wasn't more of him. Chris Hemsworth's violent cult leader character was the weak link, IMO; maybe I, like Darlene, am just bored with his type, or maybe Hemsworth didn't have the right charisma. Either way, there was no reason for the big final scene to go on as long as did. Sadism is not inherently interesting, people!

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